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Blinky Box

Post by Blinky » Sun May 05, 2019 8:33 pm

A pivoting case for the stereo pi regular cameras I built this weekend.

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Re: Blinky Box

Post by Realizator » Mon May 06, 2019 11:42 am

I like cardboard for prototyping too!
Do you plan to add a kind of servo to pivot your box, or it is intended for manual rotation?
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Re: Blinky Box

Post by Blinky » Mon May 06, 2019 5:00 pm

Yes, two eventually for up and down as well, the mechanics are easy for me, the programming will be above my pay grade though.

I recall building a Waveshare Alphabot with an optional arduino responsible for the movement. They had open source software for both with and without the arduino that would allow remote control from the screen of your android smartphone, it would be interesting to have that control transferred to the gyroscopes from the smartphone allowing for movement of the Blinky Box.

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Re: Blinky Box

Post by Blinky » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:57 pm

So with the snow flying again, here is Blinky at a young age.

Not everything works yet but the neck, wheels and vision do remotely. :)

That is a Waveshare Alphabot in his chest. A handy way to hold the other Raspbery Pi and Uno.

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Re: Blinky Box

Post by Realizator » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:25 am

Hey Blinky,
Your robot has grown and evolved! Cool!
If you'll have some more details or video - please share it with us!
UPD> I plan to post an update at Crowd Supply in the nearest days, with the collection of a projects from StereoPi users. I will add your project, and will be pleased if you can provide some more details! :-)
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Re: Blinky Box

Post by Blinky » Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:59 pm

Yes, Blinky is growing. The project currently has completed an installation of a recently modified Meccbrain.h to replace the servo header in the arduino software. This, along with an easily made small wiring harness, allows the Waveshare Alphabot's application of Webiopi software to control the Meccanoid servo's. Adjusting the Alphabot's Raspberry Pi model 3's generated webpage allows for calibration of the servos.

Many thanks need go to tatyana volkova https://github.com/robotscity/meccanoid_arduino_demo who illustrated the software methods used.

The wiring harness is described and available for purchase from https://meccontrol.com/help/software/de ... servomotor .

This is also a telepresence droid and the projects you have highlighted so far will have application to this project as well. I look forward to reading the article which discusses a 10ms response time, it sounds very useful.

The regular camera's use in the first set of tests is motivating me to upgrade the head motion. Therefore the ToDo list includes using the headset's gyros to control the neck servo's as another recent project has done, converting from Webiopi to a bluetooth hand controller which will augment a track conversion, adding arm control, adding microphone and speakers and installation of as many sensors as possible. It is very early in the winter so I hope to solve some of these puzzles soon.

So far I have used a Stereo Pi deluxe, a Waveshare Alphabot (first edition), Two Meccanoid sets, the 1st edition 4 foot bought used and the 2nd edition 2 foot bought on clearance, some misc meccano metal and rubber pieces and some inexpensive electrics, a Belkin wireless connection, total investment approximately $400 US. Hours spent so far, well that would be telling. lol

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